Mari Okada

Mari Okada (Japanese: 岡田 麿里, Hepburn: Okada Mari) is a Japanese screenwriter, director and manga artist. She is one of the most prolific writers currently working in the anime industry. She won the 16th Animation Kobe Award.[2]

Mari Okada
Mari Okada 岡田 麿里 AFA 2011 Stage Events.jpg
Okada at the Anime Festival Asia
OccupationScreenwriter, Director

Personal lifeEdit

Okada was born in Chichibu. She was often bullied at school and skipped days to deal with social anxiety.[3] After leaving middle school, she would spend most of her time confined at home. In spite of this, her proficiency at writing helped to get her into high school, although her social anxiety remained a problem. Nobody had high hopes for her, and as she was graduating, she was constantly told that she “wouldn't survive in the real world.”[4] Okada enrolled at the Tokyo Amusement Media School to study about games.


Through her studies, Okada developed a passion for screenwriting, but found it difficult due to anxieties. Her earliest jobs included creating scenarios for direct-to-video pornography and transcribing interviews for a magazine. It was through this latter job that she met Tetsurō Amino, who asked her to contribute some of her ideas for the plot of DT Eightron. She went on to write the script for five episodes, and the connection with Amino helped in kickstarting her career. Okada pitched an idea for her first original anime, based on her experience. The screenplay was never published, but several elements of it would be used in some of her works. After several years, her reputation within the industry had grown considerably, with the screenplay for numerous successful series. Okada wrote the script for her directorial debut anime film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.[5] It was well received by critics and was awarded the prize for best animated film at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival.[6]




Original video animationEdit

Anime filmsEdit

Live-action filmsEdit


  1. ^ 『さよ朝』で初監督に挑戦の岡田麿里。自身の脚本に思わず「あー、ムカつく!」 [Mari Okada makes her directorial debut with "Sayoasa". She can't help but say to her own script, "Oh, this is so annoying!]. Shueisha News (in Japanese). Shueisha. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 13 January 2013
  3. ^ "Mari Okada: from teenage recluse to anime superstar". The Irish Times. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "How Mari Okada Went From Shut-In to Anime Director". Anime News Network. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Interview: Mari Okada on Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms". Anime News Network. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 21st SIFF Golden Goblet Awards". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Do your best! Lulurolo | NHK Anime World".
  8. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Mizushima, Anohana's Okada Make Mayoiga TV Anime".
  9. ^ "Koitabi ~True Tours Nanto~ | アニメーション制作会社P.A.WORKS公式HP".
  10. ^ "Tamayura/Kaleido Star's Sato Makes Zetsumetsu Kigu Shōjo Amazing Twins Anime - News - Anime News Network".
  11. ^ "VIDEO: Junji Nishimura and Mari Okada Team Up On Saga Prefecture Anime".
  12. ^ "ポニーキャニオンが「佐賀県を巡るアニメーション」を制作。監督に西村純二、脚本協力として岡田麿里も参加 - 記事詳細|Anime Recorder|アニメレコーダー".
  13. ^ "anohana Team Airs Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da Film's Ad". Anime News Network. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  14. ^ "REVIEW: Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms". Anime News Network. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Kimi dake ni Motetainda Anime's Teaser Reveals Cast, October Debut in Theaters". Anime News Network. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Studio Colorido's Original Anime Film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu Opens on June 5". Anime News Network. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Mari Okada Pens, Helms MAPPA's Original Anime Film Alice to Teresu no Maboroshi Kōjō". Anime News Network. 27 June 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2021.

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